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Frankly, for short day trips, trying to keep a child from falling overboard, the REI webbing would probably work just fine. I have some on my boat, cot was less than $20 IIRC. Pop them on deck for windier wavy days, when we would prefer to know we will keep the foredeck folks on deck, and if they do slip, they stay with the boat, vs getting washed over into 40F temp water! This is the year around temp!
Now if you were going offshore for days/weeks at a time, in heavy wind weather etc..........spend the money on the better marine quality webbing. Then again, I have hung from the REI webbing off of rocks 2K and 3K feet from where I would land if I was not hanging by the REI webbing.......So needless to say, I do trust it.
As mentioned, get a good PFD for the child, hook them up on deck, also look at the nylon webbing mentioned, we are thinking about it to keep our KC Cavalier on board when at the dock etc.
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!